I-Connect007 has produced this new one-minute video to acknowledge nearly 35 years of sharing your stories. In 1987 we launched our first industry publication and we have been dedicated to covering this industry ever since.
We did not start out as publishers: in fact, our background was in printed circuit board fabrication. In 1987 there were still nearly 3,000 PCB shops in North America. At the time, profits were goods, trade events included giant industry parties (remember the extravagant hospitality suites in Anaheim?), and the industry was in a state of change.
New environmental regulations were impacting the industry and beginning to change the business of running PCB shops. We saw a real need to start a magazine that really focused on navigating and improving the business of running PCB shop. Now, there are only about 300 PCB fabricators in North America, profit margins are much lower, and running a PCB facility is more challenging than ever.
Our time spent in PCB fabrication inspired us to start the magazine. Well, that and the introduction of the Apple Macintosh. The Macintosh, which offered 128 KB of RAM, a nine-inch monochrome display (512 × 342), and no internal hard drive, enabled us to pioneer desktop publishing. It was an amazing time.
Since that time, we’ve published hundreds of magazine issues, toured countless numbers of facilities all around the world, interviewed so many amazing people, and shot upward of 100,000 photos. From all of this, we’ve learned that in this industry, the whole is truly greater that the sum of its parts.
With this video, we salute the wonderful people in this vital industry who we’ve had the pleasure of working with for almost 35 years.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
It’s always good to catch up with old friends, especially when you can start working together. This is the case with my friend John Johnson, who has joined American Standard Circuits. I caught up with John to see what he has planned for ASC, where he will, in part, be using the Averatek A-SAP process that he was previously involved with. John shares some of his background, and talks about the best ways to use this semi-additive process PCB fabrication process that opens the capability window for forming trace and space. This process enables ultra-fine lines.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s officially fall now, and in Atlanta the temperature has plummeted to the mid-80s. We’ve all bumped our air conditioners up to 74 degrees. That means it’s trade show season, and I’ve been busy looking for my suitcase. This week, we have an assortment of news about associations, education, and advocacy, as well as another installment of our Printed Electronics Roundtable. And if you’re looking for a job, you are in luck; our jobConnect007 section is chock-full of open positions at all levels in this industry.
Suhani Chitalia and Kelly Scanlon, IPC
Leading companies in the electronics manufacturing industry are highly intentional about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, with climate change and energy use among the most closely scrutinized issues, an IPC analysis shows. As part of IPC’s ESG for Electronics initiative, IPC is interested in developing resources for members on the most common ESG methods and priorities of leading companies across the electronics value chain. In support of this, IPC has preliminarily analyzed the ESG reports of approximately a dozen companies in selected portions of the industry.